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Showcasing excellence in energy

The EI Awards have been running for 19 years, designed to celebrate and showcase the vast accomplishments in the energy sector, an industry vital to society. Winning an EI Award provides a prime opportunity to have your achievements officially recognised by a senior panel of energy experts and the wider industry.

This year the entries were of an extremely high standard, leaving our judges with some very tough decisions to make ahead of the shortlist announcement in September.

The winners will be revealed at the EI Awards gala dinner and ceremony, which will take place on 22 November at the Sheraton Grand, Park Lane, London. Join us for the opportunity to entertain your most important clients and make new industry connections, in what is set to be an exciting evening of celebration, entertainment, and fine-dining.

Shortlist to be announced in September

Find out more and book your place. Please note that our early bird-offer ends on 17 September.

For queries, please contact Francesca at   FFerrari@energyinst.org

Early-bird offer ends 17 September

EI Awards categories

Effective public engagement is very often the key determinant of the success or failure of any initiative. This award will recognise the year’s best group or individual contribution to raising public awareness across the energy industry, covering internal and external communications with such stakeholders as customers, regulators, employees, shareholders etc.

The award recognises innovative campaigning techniques in the form of social media, reports, journalism, digital campaigns etc., that have contributed to improved understanding and knowledge of industry-wide energy issues.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Identification of the issue(s) to be communicated, and the need for the initiative
  • Clarity of planned aims and objectives
  • Deliverability of the initiative
  • Effectiveness of the public engagement programme

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

This award is aimed at both energy companies that have instigated projects for the benefit of communities amongst which they work and communities undertaking their own initiatives, to tackle energy issues or draw help and advice from energy companies.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Identification of the need and value of the project to the community
  • Proven benefit of the project to the community it serves
  • Scope for sustaining benefits in the longer term or extending the project

Successful projects will be able to prove a unique and unprecedented energy-related benefit for a community. The project or initiative should be of a ground-breaking nature and go above and beyond a standard CSR activity. You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

For this category, the judging panel are looking for the industry's champion, those are individuals who fit the following criteria:

  • Commitment to fostering professionalism in their own work and among colleagues
  • Promoting knowledge, improving skills or developing and applying good practice in their work place or the broader energy industry
  • Commitment to raising industry standards, enhancing its image and championing the contribution the energy industry makes to society
  • Commitment to the industry and its future
  • Championing the industry among the younger generation

Entrants should provide evidence of how their work and achievements meet as many of these criteria as possible.

Effective energy management is crucial to ensure the efficient use of energy in a domestic, commercial or industrial setting, and investments in energy management produces a wide range of benefits, including reducing your organisation’s costs and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to improving energy security.

This award recognises individuals or organisations that have effectively deployed practices to improve their energy efficiency performance through the design and implementation of materials, systems, software and supply chains; and / or which have been able to reduce their carbon emissions and energy waste. Entries from commercial organisations are welcome, in addition to local authority, healthcare and housing trust’s entries.

For the Energy Management Award, the judging panel will be looking for:

  • Clearly defined strategy for reducing energy use and measuring performance
  • Realisation of reduction targets and a demonstrable benefit to business operations
  • Management commitment
  • Employee engagement

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

It is increasingly important for the energy industry to reduce its impact on the environment and give back to the planet. For this award the judges are looking for schemes and projects that enhance the environment or offset carbon emissions. Entrants should demonstrate a responsible and ethical commitment to managing the risks of energy to the environment and reducing the carbon footprint of the industry.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Demonstrable benefit to the environment
  • Management commitment
  • Good prospects for wider application

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

The energy industry could not operate without proper regard to health and safety and standards for safe practice are robust and subject to continuous review and refinement.

For this award the judges are looking for projects which have demonstrated best practice in safety as well as in areas such as occupational health, mental health, performance, productivity, hygiene and resilience through change. We are looking to acknowledge teams, individuals and projects that take a unique approach to health and safety and demonstrate the potential to have an impact on the industry's overall health and safety record.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Health and safety initiatives or innovations with potential for industry-wide benefit
  • Management commitment
  • Effective communication and implementation
  • Demonstrable difference from before to after application

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

Technology in all its forms is an exciting area of the energy industry, a frontier where new and better solutions are constantly being devised. This award will recognise the year’s best new innovative technological development or implementation of an existing technology with the power to become a gamechanger/disrupter in the industry.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Identification of the technological innovation which represents a major advance or development
  • Commercially viable technology that is ready for market and for wider adoption and application
  • Inventive new technology or innovative implementation of existing technology
  • Clear demonstration of the benefits of the innovation over existing methods

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

Technology in all its forms is an exciting area of the energy industry, a frontier where new and better solutions are constantly being devised. This award will recognise the year’s best new innovative technological development or implementation of an existing technology with the power to become a gamechanger/disrupter in the industry.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Identification of the technological innovation which represents a major advance or development
  • Commercially viable technology that is ready for market and for wider adoption and application
  • Inventive new technology or innovative implementation of existing technology
  • Clear demonstration of the benefits of the innovation over existing methods

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

EI Awards judging panel

Entries for the EI Awards are peer-reviewed by an independent panel of respected industry experts.

Innovative Technology

Angela Terry, Founder and CEO, The Climate Alliance

Angela Terry is an Environmental scientist with over 20 years' experience in developing renewable energy projects including wind farms, solar and hydro schemes. She is a pioneer of community renewables in the UK, raising over £15 million for community-owned, clean energy projects including the first wind farm in the SE of England Westmill.

Young Energy Professional of the Year

Cheryl Hiles, Sector Director for Energy and Environment, Pell Frischmann

Cheryl’s specialities include transitioning to a smart, sustainable energy system; energy strategy, social enterprise, business development, business planning, sustainable energy policy, advocacy, spatial planning, government liaison, change management, team management & building. Cheryl chairs the Entrepreneurial Women in Renewable Energy network, established by Regen to support the renewable energy sector to harness talent from across the sector.

Energy Management

James Brittain CEng MEI, Energy Management Director, The Discovery Mill

James Brittain is an energy, sustainability and behaviour change specialist with over 20 years’ experience of delivering energy savings and performance improvements for many organisations. He understands that biggest savings often come about through combining technical and people solutions across both operational and development teams.

Chair of the EI Awards judging panel

Lynda Armstong OBE FEI, Chair of Trustees, British Safety Council

Lynda is a geophysicist by training and worked in Exploration and Production for Shell International for 35 years. She is a Non-Executive Director for Kaz Minerals, DONG Energy, SBM Offshore and CEOC and Chairs the British Safety Council. She was awarded the OBE for services to the UK Oil and Gas Industry and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Innovative Technology

Prof John Loughhead OBE, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

John’s professional career has been predominantly in industrial research and development for the electronics and electrical power industries, including advanced, high power industrial gas turbines, new energy conversion systems, spacecraft thermal management, electrical and materials development for electricity generation and transmission equipment, and electronic control systems. He has extensive international experience in both industry and academia.

Public Engagement

Sam Lister, Director of Communications, Partnerships & Governance, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Sam is a senior member of the UK Government’s communication profession, responsible for strategy, campaigns, media relations, digital, stakeholder and corporate engagement at BEIS, and for communication oversight of its 55 partner organisations. Sam is also responsible for wider relations and governance with agencies including the UK Research Councils, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Oil and Gas Authority and Green Investment Bank.

Energy Champion

Joanne Wade, CEO, ACE

Dr Joanne Wade is a sustainable energy expert with 30 years’ experience in energy efficiency and community energy. She is the Chief Executive of the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), a Trustee of the Energy Institute (EI), and Chair of the EI’s Energy Advisory Panel. Her work is currently focused on buildings energy efficiency policy and practice.

Community Initiative

Stephen Burgin FEI

Health and Safety

Ashley Hynds, Principal Specialist Inspector - Process Safety - Energy Division – Offshore, HSE

Sponsorship opportunities

Recognising achievement, sustainability and innovation

For over 18 years the EI Awards celebrated the most outstanding people, products and initiatives from across the global energy sector. The awards attract entries from businesses which make the industry safer, cleaner and more sustainable, and which champion new initiatives in energy to make a real difference to society. The EI Awards is recognised as the energy industry’s most important competition. Showcasing the most ground-breaking work in the energy sector. It provides a platform for the industry to celebrate those businesses and individuals who innovate, communicate and drive up the standards of professionalism within the sector. Aligning your company and brand with this prestigious competition will allow you to share your core values with the industry and to gain recognition for your excellence and leadership.

What do our sponsors say?

“Shell’s ambition in its sponsorship of [the Safety] Award is to trigger continuous improvement for our industry. We want to encourage unrelenting commitment, unhindered sharing of good practice and deep cross-industry learning to make sure that we travel the road to safety excellence together and that we all return home safely to our loved ones.”

Robin Bryden, Group Behavioural HSSE Manager, Shell
Safety Award Judge, EI Awards 2016

Advertising, Branding and Marketing

• Benefit from a 12-month marketing campaign including online, email, print and face to face
• Target the Energy Institute’s 23,000 individual members and 200 company members
• Increase your outbound reach to an extra 30,000 energy professionals, the EI’s wider energy network
• Demonstrate your support for the industry and its people
• Position your company among exclusive premier industry names, present and past sponsors

EI Awards judging process

• Participate in the EI Awards judging process and help select the winners
• 2 judging panels: Preliminary judging and final panel
• Demonstrate leadership and network with the other judges who form the exclusive panel

EI Awards ceremony

• Network with senior decision makers from the energy industry, government and academia
• Invitation for 2 or 3 key influencers as VIP Guests
• Present your Award category winner with their trophy

The EI is delighted to invite you to become a valued sponsor of the 2018 EI Awards.

If you are interested in sponsorship, or if you have any questions regarding the further benefits of sponsoring the EI Awards, please contact Luigi Fontana, Business Development Manager:

EI Awards Dinner 2017 9 November, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Park Lane, London

The winners of the 2017 EI Awards competition were announced on 9 November at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel in London in front of an audience of hundreds of industry leaders. The celebrations, which included a formal dinner in recognition of all of those shortlisted, were hosted by former England Rugby star and A Question of Sport team captain, Matt Dawson MBE.

Photos of the event » 2017 winners  »